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san diego family photographer | just us twelve times | august 2012

This month is just a quick hand held snap from an evening in San Luis Obispo before we were off to farmer’s market.  We both enjoyed a wonderful vacation with the whole family on the central coast.  Can’t wait to finish up the images for the lifestyle post in a couple of weeks.

We are off to enjoy the last few days of summer before the excitement of the start of the school year.  😉


Please follow the circle around starting with Tamsen Donker | Creative Clicks Photography | Niagara Newborn Photographer.

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August 16, 2012 - 6:46 am

p26 {me and mine} | August » - […] can’t wait to discover what my friend the incredible Jules Trandem | San Diego Family Photographer has captured for of her lovely family this […]

August 16, 2012 - 7:24 am

Allison Jacobs - Love that wonderful summer light! You guys both look so happy & carefree just like you should in summer!

August 16, 2012 - 7:51 am

krista keller - I love that we can get a close up of those baby front teeth! They will not be there for much longer I suspect. 🙂 Love the light and the lightness of the moment. AND I love the gentle reminders of your healthy lifestyle. Motivates me too!

August 16, 2012 - 8:48 am

celestejones - beautiful light, and you 2 are adorable.

August 16, 2012 - 8:54 am

Carey Pace - pure sweetness!

August 16, 2012 - 9:11 am

amy grace - i really believe that real is the new perfect. gorgeous light and love…xo

August 16, 2012 - 10:36 am

Misty setzler - Oh sweetness love the lighting and the focus!

August 16, 2012 - 6:14 pm

tamsen - look at those gorgy eyes! <3 them! such a happy summery moment captured!

August 16, 2012 - 7:08 pm

ginger unzueta - just lovely lovely light..and a gorgeous mama and boy. love it!

August 16, 2012 - 9:55 pm

Gail Pomare - I think I am pretty much head over heels in love with the light, the cheery smiles, the colours and that comment from Amy Grace “real is the new perfect” will be going on my inspiration wall asap!

love you two together.

August 24, 2012 - 7:37 pm

Rebecca Mitchell {FreshFromGod Photography} - This is so perfect. Every time I see the photos of you and him I fall in love with you guys (so to speak), there is just so much spirit. <3

September 27, 2012 - 6:58 am

Christine b - such a sweet image of you and your sweet sweet boy.

san diego family photographer | what our everyday looks like | july 2012

I’ve been lucky to have met so many incredibly talented and wonderful photographers during this journey.  People who share the same desire to capture their own families in a real and beautiful way.  I’m teaming up with twelve of these women on a very personal and meaningful project called, “What ________ Looks Like.”

Our goal is to capture our own families in a real and beautiful way.  Some people call it “lifestyle”, some call it “real life”, some call it “unposed”.  No matter what you call it, our desire is to snatch the moments that represent the relationships, the dynamics, the reality, the beauty, the truth, and the life of our families and record them here on our blogs as well as in print at the end of the project.

Each month we will each choose to fill in the blank with our word of choice.  Some of us may choose to use the same word all year and some may choose to change it up each month.  We will each link to the next photographer until our circle is complete.

We hope this project inspires you to take more pictures of your own families so that those unique moments that make your family unique will never be lost or forgotten.Wendy VonSosen.

It’s our 1 year anniversary of this project!  I’m so thrilled to be able to share it with so many of my favorite photographers that inspire me every month.  Thank you for following along with our story!  xoxo

This month I challenged myself to take an image a day to share for this post.  I wanted to pull out many of the lenses that I don’t use very often just to mix things up and also to work on shooting at any time of day.  Many, if not most of these were shot in full sun which is a huge change from always trying to shoot in the golden hour.  It was a great adventure and I’m so glad I completed the month.  I was able to capture many of these images simply because I had my camera with me.  Always.  I had a different mind set and looked for things differently.  So glad I did!!  Here is our story of July 2012.

Dear sweet Brooks,

You’ve been quite a challenge this month.  You’ve been pushing, questioning, and challenging me every step of the way.  I’ve heard ‘I hate you’ way more often than ‘I love you’.  At night, you usually refused a kiss goodnight, so I waited until you were asleep to lay next to you for a hug and a kiss.  Then I would lay my hands on you and simply pray … for you and for us.

Thanks to two sweet, wise friends (love you Carey and Hope), I poured through the book, The Strong Willed Child (that Hope so sweetly gifted to me) and slowly got a better grasp of how to work with and respond to you.  It took tears (from both of us) and prayers, but we are now on a much better track.  Soon I will have my sweet, loving boy back and I can’t wait!

I’m looking forward to enjoying the last few weeks of summer with you!  It’s not long before you become a second grader.  🙂

This month is day by day glimpse into our everyday…


-so happy to fish sit for Trevor’s new little fish .. you loved the responsibility.

-your favorite tradition when we are at nordstroms … tomato basil soup … finger licking good.

-a lazy day at the pool with Phoebe and Noah.

-after marching in the 4th of July parade with friends from school (to celebrate being a CA Distinguished School), you took a quiet moment to watch the end of the parade.

-a little pampering before the cut.

-somehow lunch turned into an ant castle being dive bombed by strawberry missiles.

-from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat.  This was your first tournament with your Avenger team.  Your team (6 and 7 years old) were playing against bigger, stronger and faster 8 and 9 year olds.  In the first game, your team came back from 0-2 to win 3-2 … so exciting to watch your team play.  The second game brought a very tired (and a major meltdown from you) team that was SMOKED 10-0!  There was just no way your little goalie could stop the power behind their kicks.

-you wrapped up the tournament with another loss, but I couldn’t have been more proud of the way your team played.  You have an exciting season ahead of you!!  For this game, you spent the first half as goalie and totally killed it … so aggressive and no fear!  It was so much fun to watch you charge and just go for it!

-back at the pool with sweet Phoebe … love the silly friendship you to have had since you were babies.

-ever since I started the summer a day photo, you wanted me to get a picture of you sleeping so your pillow (aka … Big Bear) could be in the picture with you.  You LOVE this stinky, ratty pillow so much.  During snuggle time, I refuse to lay my head anywhere near it, so it stays in a special place until your’e ready to sleep.  We both know that Big Bear will be going to pillow heaven as soon as we can find a replacement for him.

-on July 1st we started a project based on a book called Cleaning House.  It’s a month by month project to help teach you responsibility and life skills.  The first month tackled the bedroom … for us that meant every morning by 7:30, your bed is made and your room is totally clean with no stacks.  You LOVE this project and keep your room meticulously clean always.  Now you love to relax and enjoy how nice your room looks.

-both you and Cohen were going to be out of town for Dylan’s party so you two helped him celebrate on his actual birthday.  You 3 have been the best of friends since the beginning of kindergarden and even though you were all in different first grade classes last year, you found one another every single day at recess and lunch.  Due to busy vacation plans, this was the first time all summer the 3 of you had a chance to get together.  You and Cohen jumped up and down and screamed like girls when Dylan opened the door.

-with only 30 minutes of electronic time (tv/netflix/computer) most days, your very early mornings often started with beginning new battles.  As you can see, you weren’t always a fan of your imposed morning play time.

-the characters are by far your favorites of each lego set.  You even keep them in a special basket to keep them easy to find.

-you love that the beach is just a couple blocks away from MomMom’s house in Santa Barbara.  The morning we arrived was the perfect afternoon to go for a quick swim before your cousins came over for dinner.  It always feels so good to be there!

-Sky was happy to help pick the most delicious apples from MomMom’s little tree … they were so so good.

-ever since you were a baby, Douglas Preserve was one of our favorite places to hike.  We hadn’t been there for a few years because Grampy had a tough time walking along the paths.  We took a quick walk and were reminded why we love this place so much.  So many gorgeous trails and interesting places to explore.

-we went to see the jellies and other cool creatures at the Science Center.  You and Sky loved all the hands on activities.

-our ‘just us’ post was due and you refused to take a picture with me, so it ended up being just me for now.  You can be such a stubborn little boy some days!

-you and Sky spent a busy afternoon making mud pies … and of course water must follow.

-on this evening we celebrated Grampy with a beautiful memorial up on the hill with just the family.  You sent a quick prayer up to Grampy before you found the perfect spot to help scatter some of his ashes.  xoxo

-after spending the night before at Sky’s house, the first thing you said when you got home was, ‘I bet Millie missed me’.  Until you get one of your own, you are happy to share Millie with MomMom.  You two are best friends!!

-swim in the waves … roll in the sand … swim in the waves … roll in the sand … swim in the waves …

-finally an image to post for our ‘just us’ … it’s not my favorite, but it’s a quick capture from downtown farmer’s market.

-the stick place.  this little nook, up on the hill in the backyard, belongs all to you.  For the past 6 years, you’ve been collecting sticks from every walk and hike to add to your ‘stick place’.  You spend hours here every day imagining, playing and organizing your sticks.  You have VERY specific piles and ways that the sticks are organized.

-after our longest run (and return walk home) with me, 6 miles total, you were happy to hide out and relax a bit before dinner while watching a show on my phone.

-nothing screams summer (and a great day) more than little wrinkled toes after a swim.

-every night this week, you, Carter and Parker were out playing tag, sticks, and running … just like I used to do with my brothers and sister when we were kids … for hours, until the sun went down and you were called in.  I know this will be your best memory of the summer.

-I love how you roll up just one side of your shorts and wear your little Spiderman bandaid to protect your owie that you acquired from one of your wild games of tag with your cousins.

-just before we were leaving to go swim, I came downstairs and you were dancing and cheering all around the living room with your little flag, watching the USA women play volleyball.  I raced upstairs and grabbed the camera but by the time I returned, you were simply watching the game.  I still wanted to capture you and your flag to remember this funny little thing.  🙂

-you were thrilled to head out to Target today to spend the money your earned from doing your job so well every day.  When you combined the ‘cleaning house’ money with your tooth fairy money, you proudly had $41 to spend and it took you a total of 2 minutes to pick out exactly what you wanted.  Here you are with the biggest of the characters from the hero factory.

I hope this is a reminder to you just how magical your everyday moments really are.  You are loved and blessed!


Be sure to continue on with my dear friend  Wendy VonSosen | San Francisco Bay Area Photographer.


If you missed the beginning, you can catch up on…
What Responsibility Looks Like
What the Last Days of Summer Looks Like
What Almost 7 Looks Like
What Making Memories Looks Like
What December Traditions Looks Like
What The Magic Of First Grade Looks Like

What Being a Tourist in My Own City Looks Like
What Easter Looks Like
What Remembering Looks Like
What A Day At The Fair Looks Like

July 30, 2012 - 7:27 am

amy grace - oh jules, what a full and beautiful picture of how your life really is right now. i love every one, the collection, the project in itself. you and your little one are so lucky to have each other. just lovely.

July 30, 2012 - 8:00 am

leah - what a beautiful month. so proud of you for taking a photo every day! always love to see your posts.

July 30, 2012 - 8:16 am

tamsen - wow- what a beautiful way to show a month of summer holidays! i can feel the childish joys and freedoms, and also the tired, not so happy moments! Your work is always stunning Jules, even when your subject is not so willing! Hoping and praying that things will be better by the time school starts! XO

July 30, 2012 - 9:13 am

Wendy - Jules, B is so blessed to have you as his mom. These posts are precious and such a beautiful way of documenting his childhood. And honestly, I’m relieved to hear that even B has a stubborn streak and it’s not just my littles. I”m a little in love with the Lego pics in BW. The lighting is gorgeous and evokes a feeling of quiet, calm, and peace. Beautiful!

July 30, 2012 - 10:23 am

deb schwedhelm - your photos and your words each month take my breath away. so beautiful!!!

July 30, 2012 - 11:13 am

Sarah C - I LOVE these all! Seriously incredible that you got so many special memories. I am SO bad at remebering to take my camera out all the time and I have been using instagram SO much lately. Your little man is beautiful and he looks SO much like you!! And thank you so much for including me in this project girly! SUCH a honor for me to be among all you talented ladies!

July 30, 2012 - 1:30 pm

shalonda - wow i am speechless jules….i love every single shot

July 30, 2012 - 1:58 pm

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July 30, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Christina - I just put the house cleaning book in my shopping cart thanks to you! The strong willed child book might be next 😉 My boys are a handful, too. My oldest said he hated me last weekend. Oh…how that breaks a momma’s heart. Despite the struggles, your blog post just pours out love for Brooks!!!

August 1, 2012 - 8:06 am

christy w. - You are such an inspiration to me on so many levels Jules! Your honesty, your dedication…to B and to your art. Picking up the camera everyday no matter what, is SO hard and you did amazing. Raising a spirited/strong willed child is even harder. I can so relate. You are such a strong and loving momma…I know that B will grow up to be a confidant, wise young man.

August 1, 2012 - 3:07 pm

hope - i love this project jules. your lifestyle pov with brooks is so inspiring. im glad to hear you are seeing improvements. you will soon have your boy back. just a bit of growing pains that’s all.



August 1, 2012 - 3:21 pm

Evi - Love x31. Wow!

August 5, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Lindsey - What a great set of images. These are priceless and what a story they tell. Looks like a great summer and you will always have these to remind you of all the time spent together. Love them!

August 15, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Amy Lucy - Such similar lives we lead with these boys of ours, and so many similar sights in my house — shin guards, legos, army guys all lined up, swimming pools, mini boden shorts. Your images and letters always make me smile. 🙂 Oh and I totally have your striped JCrew shirt in grey. 😉

August 21, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Jennifer - This is a beautiful post. I am inspired by your work and the love you and your son share is so tangible in these photos.

san diego child and family photographer | just us twelve times | july 2012

After waiting until the last minute to get this done this month, all I ended up with is one of ‘just me’.  We went over to my sister’s house and found a little nook with gorgeous light, but Brooks decided he didn’t want to be in a picture with me, ever.  I still have 12 more days in the month .. I’ll try to update this with one of the two of us.

Brooks has been having a tough time with his behavior all summer and today was no different.  He’s pushing and pushing and it’s taking everything I’ve got not to just run away some days.  If you have any suggestions or helpful advice on how to get through our summer with a better attitude, I’ll take any advice (or prayers) you have!

Update:  Just a little late, but here is our image with just us!
Every week we are off to Farmer’s market, so I thought it would be a perfect spot to capture our image this month.  Thanks to Brooks’ cousin, Carter, for taking the first two while we were at Farmer’s Market on State St. in Santa Barbara.  We have been nuts over strawberries all spring and summer .. so delicious!

Also, I’m pleased to share that some changes have been made around here and B’s behavior is sooooo much better.  Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes!  🙂



Please follow the circle around starting with  Tamsen Donker | Creative Clicks Photography | Niagara’s Newborn Photographer .

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July 19, 2012 - 8:14 am

tamsen - awww, I always get so excited to see what you have come up with! i’m going to hold you to the promised to fill this post with at least one image of the two of you! xo

July 19, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Allison Jacobs - Jules!!! You are so gorgeous–inside & out! I love this photo of you. I can totally relate to the struggle of getting Gavin in the shot too. I am sure you will find the right time & end up with a wonderful image of the two of you. <3

July 19, 2012 - 6:57 pm

Christina - Awe, Jules :(. I wish I had some advice regarding Brooks. But I’m no perfect mom and struggle with my own two maniac boys. Maybe we can compare notes. Hang in there! Your a good momma!

July 21, 2012 - 11:22 am

Ginger - Jules, you look beautiful! Prayers your way 😉 our oldest is 8 and it is such a trying time as they search for their independence and own voice … She’s such an angel and beautiful person yet at home we’ve had to constantly remind her of respect and her tone of voice… Patenting is not easy for sure! We couldn’t do it without Gods guidance!!! Hugs your way!!

July 23, 2012 - 7:58 am

Cara - Aw, Jules! It’s such a tough age… My oldest son is 7 and this summer has been a beast. I keep reminding him that his attitude (both the words and the tone of voice) needs to remain sweet. He has spent quite a bit of time in his room because of his attitude – the time away seems to help him realign his attitude. I try not to push him on things that don’t really matter, and I try to give him lots of choices so he is in control as well as opportunities to be helpful. Hang in there! 🙂

July 25, 2012 - 11:56 am

ginger unzueta - your update just made my those little freckles of his..and seeing you two perfectly smiling together. glad things are better!

July 30, 2012 - 5:02 am

San diego family lifestyle portrait photographer | San Diego CA Child, High School Senior & Family Portrait Photographer | Jules Trandem Photography - […] ‘just us’ post was due and you refused to take a picture with me, so it ended up being just me for now. […]

August 1, 2012 - 10:25 am

celestejones - beautiful as always jules! i love seeing you two together.

August 1, 2012 - 7:28 pm

christineb - beautiful! Glad to hear the behavior is getting better. Hang in there Mama!! Hard to believe that gorgeous little man of yours could be anything but perfect : )

san diego family photographer | the romans family | 2012

This gorgeous family is always such a pleasure to photograph.  They were one of my very first clients when I was just starting out.  Check out our first session together at this same beautiful field in San Diego.  The boys have grown up so much since then.  Last fall they were looking for a mini session to get those updated holiday photos for their Christmas cards.  I think their mini session turned out perfect!  Gorgeous light!  Darling styling!  Beautiful family!

There are only a few openings left for mini sessions this year.  You can find out more information about my San Diego family and child mini session dates here!


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July 13, 2012 - 6:40 am

Jolene - Adore this!! Love the colors and style!!

July 13, 2012 - 6:46 am

Karen Porter - What a gorgeous session and family! You captured the light perfectly Jules. Wish I lived closer to book one. 🙂

July 13, 2012 - 7:00 am

Britt Anderson - Love how you used the light here…gorgeous!

July 13, 2012 - 9:54 am

amy grace - i don’t know what to say really, other than ‘perfection’. so incredibly warm, polished, gorgeous, yet the happiness and personalities shine through. the way you find that golden light and bathe your subjects in it is such a special skill. these belong in a magazine 🙂

July 13, 2012 - 11:19 am

Christina - What a beautiful family and that light is just perfect. Great job!

July 14, 2012 - 7:33 am

Ellie - What a beautiful family and cute little boys. I love the light, so warm and inviting.

July 14, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Samantha Parks - oh jules!!! stunning as usual! seriously, the way you use light is so captivating!

July 14, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Kelly Q - Beautiful family! I love the one of the boys walking away!

July 14, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Sarah Albert - I love these Jules! The last one is my favorite … I love the wording on the jacket and how he’s leading his little brother. Such sweet images!

July 15, 2012 - 4:59 am

Kim Hill - Stunning, as always, Jules. LOVE the curls on those boys…so cute!

July 15, 2012 - 7:14 pm

beth - Gorgeous light! Hard to believe fall is just around the corner!!

July 18, 2012 - 8:45 am

Carrie Terrones - I love each and every image…but oh man, that third image with his little curls all back lit? So beautiful!!!

September 9, 2012 - 9:21 am

Jobrina Hofleit - i love every.single.image!!!!!! you are a master at capturing those perfect memories and the way your wording describes it all to b, just melts my heart…….i LOVE!!!!! and those sand dune images are so much FUN!!!!!!!! xo

san diego family photographer | 2012 holiday session availability

I know it seems like summer has just began, but it’s already time to start planning for your 2012 holiday family portraits with Jules Trandem Photography.  Mini session dates are scheduled to take place at my favorite places to photograph in gorgeous San Diego …  the beachthe field, and Balboa park.  Family portrait sessions can be scheduled at the location of your choice.  Last year I had such a wonderful time capturing the priceless memories for so many families.  I can’t wait to see how all of the children have grown and changed.  I’m really looking forward to this exciting time!

Please note, there is limited availability for custom family sessions.

All sessions need to be completed by November 11th.

Last year, I had to turn down quite a few clients who didn’t think about scheduling a session until it was too late.  Unfortunately, once again,  this year, when I’m booked … I’m booked.  I won’t be adding any additional dates to the schedule so please plan ahead and get it on the books now.

Your session will be confirmed once the session fee ($175) or the mini session fee ($275 for family of four*) has been paid.

*Please use my investment link for detailed information about sessions and pricing.

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